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    Question about back ups (time machine).
    Hi, it's me again. Going to buy my first Mac (MBP) this coming Sunday. (It seems oh so far away. Sigh.) I have a question about backing up files and the time machine program.

    I also keep my documents, picture, and music folders backed up on an external hard drive. My wife also backs up her files (when/if she remembers ) to that drive. I plan on buying a different external hard drive to use for back up of the new MBP. A) so that I can format it just for the Mac and B) so my wife doesn't wipe out my back up files. (It's happened. )

    I know that Mac OS X comes with Time Machine. Does this back up all files or just certain operating system files or will it also back up documents, photos/videos, and music? If I wanted to store some files just on the back up hard drive (ie some movies or music I didn't want to keep on the MBP all the time), could I do that or will it only allow for Time Machine to copy to it? What if I partition the drive? Could I have Time Machine back up to one partition and store files on the other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaDachshund View Post
    I know that Mac OS X comes with Time Machine. Does this back up all files or just certain operating system files or will it also back up documents, photos/videos, and music?
    It backs up everything unless you ask it to exclude items.

    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaDachshund View Post
    If I wanted to store some files just on the back up hard drive (ie some movies or music I didn't want to keep on the MBP all the time), could I do that or will it only allow for Time Machine to copy to it?
    Only if you partition it!

    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaDachshund View Post
    What if I partition the drive? Could I have Time Machine back up to one partition and store files on the other?
    Yes

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    I use an external drive as both my Time Machine backup drive and as a drive to permanently keep some files independent from the Time Machine schedule. So yes, you can use one drive to use as a Time Machine backup and as a regular external drive.

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    You do not have to buy a Mac specific HD, correct? I would like to get a Western Digital 2TB external to Time Machine backup my 3 Macs, would this be ok?
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    Quote Originally Posted by yzfmik View Post
    You do not have to buy a Mac specific HD, correct? I would like to get a Western Digital 2TB external to Time Machine backup my 3 Macs, would this be ok?
    -Plug in the external HD.
    -Open disk utility.
    -Format it to Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
    -Name it something like time machine backups, and you are good to go

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    Awesome, thanks!
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    Thanks for the help. Look for me in the Switchers forum after tomorrow. I'll probably have a lot more questions after I get the Mac home and start playing with it.

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